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Partial linking model

Partial linking:

  • eliminates duplicate copies of debug sections

  • merges the symbol tables into one

  • leaves unresolved references unresolved

  • merges common data (COMDAT) groups

  • generates an object that can be used as input to a subsequent link step.

A single output file is produced that can be used as input to a subsequent link step. If the linker finds multiple entry points in the input files it generates an error because the output file can have only one entry point.

To link with this model, use the --partial command-line option. Other linker command-line options supported by this model are:

  • --edit=file_list

  • --exceptions_tables=action.

Note

If you use partial linking, you cannot refer to the component objects by name in a scatter file. Therefore, you might have to update your scatter file.

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